The Lions Club of the City of Adelaide is proud to work with the South Australian Police to present the annual Lions and SAPOL Citizen’s Award to the person(s) who assists police in the their duties in the community. After challenges and delays as a result of Covid, it is great to finally be able to present the 2021 award.
Nominations are submitted by Local Service Areas, branches and sections of the South Australia Police from across the State of South Australia. Nominations are based on letters and Certificates of Appreciation which may have been presented to members of the public in recognition of assistance given to SAPOL in the performance of police duties during the past twelve months. The nominations were made and then judged by the award selection panel. The panel consists of Lion members from The Lions Club of the City of Adelaide, including President Petrea Stacey, Vice President Raymond Najar, Lion Warren Wood and Lion Greg Kneale. They were joined by senior members of SAPOL, including Assistant Commissioner Philip Newitt, Assistant Commissioner Linda Fellows, Chief Inspector Cameron Devey and Chief Superintendent Paul Ralphs. The Police Commissioner, Grant Stevens, then ratified the successful nomination.
It is with great pleasure that we officially announce that the recipient of the South Australian Citizen’s Award for 2021 is Mr Kym and Mrs Karen Eckermann.
To give you an appreciation of Kym and Karen’s commitment and assistance to police, we would like to share with you the wording from their award citation:
“The 2021 South Australian Citizen’s Award is jointly presented to Kym and Karen Eckermann in recognition of their tireless commitment to assist South Australia Police at the Lindsay Point border checkpoint throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kym and Karen provided countless hours of support to SAPOL officers at the remote checkpoint. They supplied wood in the depths of winter; provided advice in relation to animal infestations; and continuously prepared and delivered hot food, fresh fruit and other provisions.
Their commitment tied to their outstanding local knowledge ensured a lasting impression was left on officers staffing the border with many SAPOL members supporting this award.
They’re an extraordinary example of community spirit – providing an outstanding service to South Australia Police out of the kindness of their hearts. They brought comfort, cheer and compassion to the many officers that staffed the border during that period.
Kym and Karen’s efforts are highly commended and absolutely worthy of this award.”
On Friday, 27th of May 2022, a presentation and morning tea was held at the SA Police Club to recognise and present Kym and Karen Eckermann with their award. We thank them for their time, dedication and support to SA Police and the community.
Congratulations Kym and Karen.